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The Press Association reports:

Blaby District – Pastures:

C 442, Lab 281. (May 2011 – Two seats C 1103, 905, Lab 483, 349).

C hold. Swing 9.6% C to Lab.

Camden London Borough – Hampstead Town:

C 1040, Lib Dem 695, Lab 512, Green 207. (May 2010 – Three seats C 2261, Lib Dem 2198, C 2159, 2006, Lib Dem 1775, 1681, Lab 1113, 757, 728, Green 528, 349, 303).

C hold. Swing 1.3% C to Lab.

Dartford Borough – Castle:

C 191, Lab 111, Ukip 60, Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association 50, English Democrats 32. (May 2011 – C 337, Lab 122, Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association 83, English Democrats 56).

C hold. Swing 8.9% C to Lab.



King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough – Spellowfields:

Counting today. (May 2011 – Two seats C 524, 456, Ind 450, 429, Lab 347).

Middlesbrough Borough – North Ormesby and Brambles Farm:

Lab 471, Lib Dem 109, Ind 71, C 38, No description 6. (May 2011 – Two seats Lab 803, 606, C 169).

Lab hold. Swing 0.4% C to Lab.

Norfolk County – Clenchwarton and King's Lynn South:

Counting today. (June 2010 – C 1015, Lib Dem 743, BNP 313, Lab 301, Green 214).

Runneymede Borough – Chertsey Meads:

C 450, Lab 312, Ukip 312, Lib Dem 34, Monster Raving Loony Party 10. (May 2012 – C 624, Ukip 281, Lab 239, Lib Dem 96).

C hold. Swing 9.3% C to Lab.


Runneymede Borough – New Haw:

C 346, Lab 148, Ukip 124, Lib Dem 54. (May 2012 – C 577, Lab 218, Ukip 176, Lib Dem 120).

C hold. Swing 1.7% C to Lab.

Particular congratulations to Cllr Simon Marcus for his victory in Hampstead. This is a split ward – effectively a dead heat between the Conservatives and Lib Dems in 2010. Yet he was elected with a substantial majority.

Cllr Marcus is a very impressive addition to the Conservative Group. His experience has ranged from fighting red tape in the EU on behalf of the British Chamber of Commerce to starting a Boxing Academy for children in danger of drifting into gang crime. He served in the panel that investigated the riots that took place last year and he was the Parliamentary candidate for Barking in 2010.

There is an encouraging trend here of high calibre people coming forward to be Conservative councillors in London. In earlier byelections this year we have had Cllr Antonia Cox in Westminster and Cllr John Moss in Waltham Forest. They recognise that local government matters again.

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